Ohhhh heyyyyy, two posts in one week? Who am I? Seriously, though, keeping up with a regular content schedule is a task and a half. Shout out to all you boss babes killing it with your consistent posting. Okay, okay, on to today’s topic! Today we’re gonna be chatting beauty! Specifically my absolute favourite drugstore beauty products that I use on a daily basis. I am so not one to spend loads at Sephora, but I love, love, LOVE my makeup, so yeah, you’ll likely find me wandering around the aisles of my local Shoppers Drug Mart (seriously, the ladies who work the beauty boutique know me at this point…#embarrassing). Oh well, my obsession has resulted in some free products, great recommendations, and real savings in my pocket. Let’s chat about drugstore beauty products that you all need to go pick up ASAP!
**If you’re not a blogger, you can skip this next paragraph, but for all my blogging babes out there, here’s a little food for thought before today’s post:
I have legit been wanting to write this article for MONTHS. I just wasn’t sure if people would actually care…This might go against the grain of what others say about content creation, but slowly I’ve realized I need to start writing about things I’m passionate about. I know everyone says your blog shouldn’t be about you, and you should be writing for your audience, but ‘ya know what? I’m positive there are fellow ladies out there who have similar passions as me. Undoubtedly there are those of you who want to learn, grow, and just generally improve your lives with a little sprinkle of fun on the side. Seriously, if I can write content on a variety of topics that all cater to that blogging mission of helping more people lead their best lives, then I know I’m on the right path. I’m just so much more concerned with creating really strong connections with fellow women who truly relate to my passions, rather than just establishing a following of people who come to my blog and then leave. ‘Ya know? Anyway, rant over, but if you’re a fellow blogger who has struggled with niches, is trying to decide what to blog about, or you feel similarity to me about writing content you’re passionate about, drop me a comment below so I know I’m not alone here! Every comment seriously makes my day.
Phew, okay, if you felt inclined to take that little detour with me, I’ve got hearts in my eyes for you, but now…officially onto today’s post!
Here are the seven drugstore beauty products that every boss babe absolutely needs in her makeup bag. Like, ASAP:
This post contains affiliate links, which means if you choose to make a purchase through one of my links, I make a small commission (at no extra cost to you, of course). Gotta make it clear, though: I legit use these products on a daily basis, and completely recommend them all. Thank you for supporting Hustle and Hearts, friends 🙂
1) Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
Okay, we’re starting with my favorite drugstore beauty find: The Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. And I say favorite because I really never hear anyone talk about this (and I watch A LOT of YouTube makeup channels), so I really want to give it the proper introduction it deserves. This primer is the real deal. It may be a drugstore product that gets barely any hype, but if there’s one thing on this list I suggest trying, it’s this!
I’ve used the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (aka one of the best selling, highest priced primers out there), and I swear, this drugstore beauty find works just as good, if not better. It’s also wayyyy cheaper, and you get way more product. Use a little of this gem on your skin before makeup application, and say goodbye to your pores. Serious blurring magic right here. Not to mention, it makes your skin perfectly smooth and your makeup will just sit better on your face. I honestly use this stuff anytime I have foundation on, and recently just had to repurchase because I’m that obsessed. Can you tell?
2) Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer
Okay, apparently we’re going in order of favorites here, because I am just about to hit pan on this bad boy, and I will one hundred percent be repurchasing it. The obsession is strong. And the obsession is real. Bronzer is pretty much a product I can’t live without. Well okay, I can live without it, but I would prefer not to. With this round, pale face of mine, I need bronzer to make me less of a glowing moonlike creature. Again, I’m being dramatic, but I really do suggest anyone who loves their bronzer, get this. There’s no weird sparkle, it goes on smooth, the color is fan-freaking-tastic, and the smell…oh the smell! This stuff smells like summer in a box, and that alone is gonna get ‘ya real good.
PRO TIP: I love using this bronzer as an eyeshadow. I’ll put some on a blending brush, and then apply the bronzer all over my lid. When your lids also have the same sunkissed glow as your face, the effect is soooooo pretty.
p.s. If you’ve used the Butter Blush, let me know in the comments below! I’ve been thinking of trying it out. If it’s anything like the bronzer, I have a feeling it’s ahh-mazing!
3) Essence Pure Nude Highlighter
I’m not going to talk too much about this because I actually have a whole post on my blog dedicated to it, but basically, if you want a really natural, really pretty highlight, you need this Essence highlighter. It’s only $5 (for real), and it’s actually probably my favourite highlighter. Ever. Natural looking skin FTW.
4) Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil
Filling in my brows is something I only really started doing about a year ago, so first a note on eyebrow care. I am not someone who draws on their brows. Like at all. In fact, I have pretty naturally full, dark brows. Even still, adding just the tiniest amount of a brow filler to my more spare areas makes a HUGE difference. These days if I makeup on, you better believe I’ve filled in my brows.
Okay, in terms of brow products, I actually have two drugstrore options I love, but I’m going to talk specifically about the Revlon Brow Pencil, because it’s the one I hear less about. I picked this little baby up right before a trip to the Dominican largely because it was waterproof. I knew the sweat, beaches, and humidity would be the real deal while on vacation, so I figured a little waterproof makeup wouldn’t hurt. But whoa, what originally was just a random purchase actually turned out to be one of my fav drugstore beauty products of all time. I absolutely love the way this product blends. Maybe it’s simply because the shade so perfectly matches my natural brows, but I always feel when I use this drugstore beauty find, my brows look so much more on point. You definitely have to make sure you blend it in, but honestly, once you do, I think you’re going to understand my love.
(my other recommendation for a drugstore beauty product for brows is the NYX Microbrow pencil, but everyone talks about this, and I actually honestly like this Revlon version better)
5) Maybelline Fit Me Powder
Okay, calling the Maybelline Fit Me Powder one of my fav drugstore beauty products is probably a bit of a stretch, because honestly, if there’s a day I potentially forget to powder my face, I probably won’t notice. Having said that, placing a little powder on my under eye is so engrained in my makeup routine, I rarely ever forget. Real talk, though, it’s kind of a boring product. It’s not as if you place powder on your face and feel totally glam, but it’s one of those products that I know I need, I know helps, and I know I might as well get at the drugstore. It does its job, and it does its job well. Your concealer isn’t going to budge, you won’t be a shiny mess, and it’s not obnoxiously powdery. (Note: I also have the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, and nine times out of ten, I grab my Maybelline powder over the Laura Mercier one…crazy I know, but I really don’t see a difference between the two, so I highly recommend going with this cheaper alternative)
6) Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Okay, the powder may not make a huge difference in my makeup routine, but boy oh boy does the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I love, love, LOVE this concealer. For a while I had switched over to the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer, which is also a great product, but the Fit Me Concealer will probably forever be my go-to. As long as I set my concealer with the Fit Me Powder (mentioned above), I never find this concealer creases, especially if you use a makeup sponge (pro tip: you should always use a makeup sponge to blend in makeup, rather than your fingers). I also love taking this product up onto my eyelids. It brightens my whole eye and works perfectly as an eyeshadow primer.
7) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
This NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Istanbul is pretty much my go-to lip product at the moment. Well, who am I kidding? It’s been my go-to lip product for like…a year? I love the lightweight formula of these lip creams. It’s really unlike anything else. You definitely might see some drying out of the product after some time, but honestly I only use a little, and then I’ll add lip balm to keep it moisturized. A completely matte lip isn’t really my jam, so the addition of a little moisture keeps everything in check. If I was a bigger lipstick/lipgloss kind of girl, I would most definitely have more colours in my collection, but for now I’m just sticking with Istanbul. It does its job. And it does it like a total pro.
(I’d also like to mention the NYX Butter Gloss for anyone on the hunt for a good lipgloss. It definitely has that standard sticky feel you get from gloss, but I love the colour and the way it stays on my lips, so I forgive it)
Phew, can you tell I love me my drugstore beauty products? Seriously, it’s a slight obsession. And boy, don’t even get me started on skincare. Wait, who am I kissing? I am definitely doing a skincare post! I am all about good skincare.
Alrighty all, I think that’s all from me tonight! Time to go listen to some more Miley Cyrus (yes, that’s been my background music while working on this post, and it’s awesome. Any other Miley fans in the house?)
Oh and of course give me your drugstore beauty recommendations in the comments below. I can’t wait to try!
Keep dreaming, friends. xo